Melissa Thompson is a recent breast cancer survivor, health/care strategist, serial entrepreneur, Empathist, and cancer patient - advocating for patient-centered innovation and exponential progress in healthcare systems, HIT, cancer, and chronic disease management.
Melissa works with organizations to strengthen their digital strategy, marketing, leadership, business development, technology initiatives, and operations, with an underlying theme of next-generation innovation. The companies with which she has worked range from a neurodiagnostic FDA medical devices with TBI sensors to middleware as a hospital’s value-based care management tool to mitigate compliance risk.
Melissa is a representative on the Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC-Q) at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She advises the Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) initiative, as an NIH/NCI Patient Advocate. Melissa is a standing member of the Merit Review Board for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI), with a concentration on the Improving Healthcare Systems grant track.
Melissa is an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society and serves as the Chair for the Relay for Life (Greenwich), as well as sits on the Executive Committees for Women Leading the Way to Wellness (speaker), Young Professionals Against Cancer (YPAC) and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Melissa is a member of the Greenwich Medical Reserve Corps, the Society for Science and the Public, 1and an active participant in ACS CAN, National Patient Advocate Foundation, the Society for Participatory Medicine, the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants, and the Institute for Patience and Family-Centered Care.
Independently, Melissa is working with Connecticut state legislators on a bill to protect cancer patients’ right to insurance coverage for medically-indicated fertility cryopreservation.
Melissa was the founder and CEO of TalkSession – a healthcare technology platform that virtually integrated mental healthcare providers with patients, using superior predictive analytics for remote patient monitoring and care.
Melissa was lauded Entrepreneur of the Year and Innovator of the Year, awarded by the International Women in Business (2013). Melissa was selected as a “Healthcare Transformer” for the GE & StartUp Health Academy and is an active alumna of non-profit, Springboard Enterprises’ Life Sciences.
WIRED’s Dec. 2013 issue featured TalkSession, guest-curated by Bill Gates, as a “game-changer” under Gates’ headline essay, “Let’s Fix the World.“
In September 2013, TalkSession was highlighted by the White House as an innovative technology that would change the future of behavioral healthcare in a presentation attended by President Barack Obama and live-streamed on WhiteHouse.gov.
Previously, Melissa was an Analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Melissa a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Forbes, Wearable World, Pacific Edge, and the New York Daily News and is frequently featured on CNBC and Fox News as an expert in wearable technology, healthcare, and technology innovation.
Melissa holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a BA in Economics and Chinese from Barnard College, Columbia University, and studied at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. She has taken additional coursework at Yale School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Cancer Biology, Breast Cancer, Genomic Data, and Data Science.
She resides in Connecticut.